20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Macon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beaune
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Besancon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights

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Lyon — 2 nights

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon travel route planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Macon.
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Macon — 2 nights

Mâcon, historically anglicized as Mascon, is a small city in east-central France. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastere Royal de Brou. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vieux Saint-Vincent, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of Cluny, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cormatin.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Macon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Macon takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Macon are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Beaune.
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Beaune — 4 nights

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beaune: Château de Châteauneuf (in Chateauneuf), Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard) and Basilique Sainte Madeleine (in Vezelay). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, do a tasting at Patriarche Pere & Fils, look for gifts at Marche aux Vins, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beaune day trip planning app.

Getting from Macon to Beaune by car takes about an hour. September in Beaune sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Liberation, don't miss a visit to Tour Philippe le Bon, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, and finally walk along Owl's Trail. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Dijon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dijon are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Besancon.
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Besancon — 3 nights

Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Explore Besancon's surroundings by going to La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel (in Salins-les-Bains) and Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) (in Arc-et-Senans). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Citadel of Besançon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Vaire-le-Grand, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Porte Noire.

Before you visit Besancon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Besancon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar — 3 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Step out of Colmar to go to Orschwiller and see Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Little Venice, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden, and make a trip to Old Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colmar travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Besancon to Colmar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 3 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, stop by La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, and admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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